Library Resource Highlight: State Park Backpacks

blog_nature-backpacks2_hcpl_0816The spring weather has been so nice- and what better way to enjoy it than to visit a Virginia State Park? But first, stop by the library!

JMRL has State Park Backpacks for check-out. Each backpack comes with a parking pass that will enable you to access any Virginia State Park at no cost. The backpacks also include pocket guides to bugs and slugs, animal tracks, Virginia birds, mammals, and Virginia trees and wildflowers; port-a-bug field observation container; Big Foot Leave No Trace Ethics Card; magnifying lens; dip net; and laminated sheets with suggested activities designed by both Virginia State Parks and the Science Museum of Virginia.

The backpacks were given to JMRL thanks to a partnership between the Library of Virginia, Virginia State Parks, and the Science Museum of Virginia and with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Find a map of Virginia State Parks here and let us know which state park is your favorite!

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Craving a new book but not sure what to read?

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Staff at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library are always testing out and sharing their favorite ‘good reads’ with patrons! Check out some of the books on this month’s staff picks list.

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Gray, Anissa

“If you enjoyed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, read The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls…an absorbing commentary on love, family and forgiveness.”

-The Washington Post

**recommended by Meredith Dickens, Collection Manager

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Callahan, Patti

The love story of C.S. Lewis and his wife, Helen Joy Davidman Gresham, was improbable–and seemingly impossible. Their Eros-story led to some of Lewis’ greatest works, yet Joy is most commonly known for how she died. “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” allows readers to see how this brilliant and passionate woman lived, and why she stole Jack’s heart.

**recommended by Gail Ott, Branch Manager – Gordon Avenue Library

The Fifth Season by Jemisin, N. K.

Awards: Nebula Awards (2015)

“At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this “intricate and extraordinary” Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution.” -The New York Times

**recommended by Willow Gale, Branch Manager – Bookmobile

The Last Place You Look by Lepionka, Kristen

“Roxane is a wonderfully complex character…This is a remarkably accomplished debut mystery, with sensitive character development and a heart-stopping denouement. Let’s hope there are more Roxane Weary novels on the way.”–Booklist (starred review)

**recommended by Megan England, Young Adult Librarian – Crozet Library

The full list of staff picks, as well as information about upcoming events, can be found on www.jmrl.org.

Celebrate National Library Week

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National Library Week is April 7-14 and the best way to celebrate is to visit your local library! We offer free programs for all ages and books and materials all year long.

Don’t forget that you can download eBooks and audiobooks, check out toys and exercise equipment, and learn a new skill with your library card. Visit your local branch when you need to access the internet, or check out a hotspot to use the internet at home. Join a book club, or use one of our meeting rooms to host your own! Libraries provide a safe space for the community.

Another way to celebrate is to post photos or videos on social media sharing what you love about your library. Use the hashtag #MyLibraryMyStory on Twitter or Instagram.

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Just a dinosaur using an old card catalog at the Central Library